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Default Biden administration to waive sanctions for head of Nord Stream 2 pipeline

While Americans wait in long lines for gasoline and pipeline managers pay $5 million
to ransom ware criminals to restore service the Biden administration is lifting sanctions against a natural gas pipeline run by a Putin crony.

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The Biden administration plans to waive sanctions against an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin who heads the company that is building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, two people with knowledge of the move said Tuesday.

The move to invoke a national security waiver for penalties targeting the company Nord Stream 2 AG and its head Matthias Warnig will be included in a report on Russian sanctions the State Department plans to deliver to Congress on Wednesday, according to the two people.
Typical of a corrupt Washington bubble politicians Biden brays about the evil Russians to an adoring media then enriches the very regime he claims to oppose. But it's not just the Russians that will benefit from Biden’s America Last foreign policy the German government which for decades has shirked its NATO dues gets rewarded and Biden the internationalist screws the little people again.

It would be interesting to know how much the Russians paid Hunter Biden to buy Joe Biden’s cooperation. But with a media and internet plutocracy so totally commited to sanctification of the Biden administration it's unlikely we'll ever find out.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/0...ipeline-489437
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I hate to be the one to point out the obvious, but if Trump had lifted these sanctions, the cries that he is a Putin puppet would never cease. And to make matters worse, Trump is the one that put these sanctions in effect. But he was in bed with the Russians? Yeah right.

This is yet just another example of the theorem that if you want to know what the Democrats are up to, just listen to what they accuse Republicans of doing.
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I hate to be the one to point out the obvious, but if Trump had lifted these sanctions, the cries that he is a Putin puppet would never cease. And to make matters worse, Trump is the one that put these sanctions in effect. But he was in bed with the Russians? Yeah right.

This is yet just another example of the theorem that if you want to know what the Democrats are up to, just listen to what they accuse Republicans of doing.
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While Americans wait in long lines for gasoline and pipeline managers pay $5 million
to ransom ware criminals to restore service the Biden administration is lifting sanctions against a natural gas pipeline run by a Putin crony.



Typical of a corrupt Washington bubble politicians Biden brays about the evil Russians to an adoring media then enriches the very regime he claims to oppose. But it's not just the Russians that will benefit from Biden’s America Last foreign policy the German government which for decades has shirked its NATO dues gets rewarded and Biden the internationalist screws the little people again.

It would be interesting to know how much the Russians paid Hunter Biden to buy Joe Biden’s cooperation. But with a media and internet plutocracy so totally commited to sanctification of the Biden administration it's unlikely we'll ever find out.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/0...ipeline-489437
"the Biden administration is keen to maintain a good relationship with the German government, which has supported the project.

Sanctions against the ship companies building the pipeline could still delay the completion of Nord Stream 2"

So they'll have to get German or Russian ships

We need to concentrated on not depending on oil period. Snow flakes would cry but they'll get over it.
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"the Biden administration is keen to maintain a good relationship with the German government, which has supported the project.

Sanctions against the ship companies building the pipeline could still delay the completion of Nord Stream 2"

So they'll have to get German or Russian ships

We need to concentrated on not depending on oil period. Snow flakes would cry but they'll get over it.
Angela Merkel will be stepping down in September. It is widely believed that her party will lose its grip on power after that and that most opposing parties are not favorable to working with the Russians in regards to their energy sources. If this is true, it proves once again that Bob Gates was correct when he said that Biden has been on the wrong side of foreign policy decisions for the last 4 decades.
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"the Biden administration is keen to maintain a good relationship with the German government, which has supported the project.

Sanctions against the ship companies building the pipeline could still delay the completion of Nord Stream 2"

So they'll have to get German or Russian ships

We need to concentrated on not depending on oil period. Snow flakes would cry but they'll get over it.
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"the Biden administration is keen to maintain a good relationship with the German government, which has supported the project.

Sanctions against the ship companies building the pipeline could still delay the completion of Nord Stream 2"

So they'll have to get German or Russian ships

We need to concentrated on not depending on oil period. Snow flakes would cry but they'll get over it.
Oh I agree, Biden with his foreign policy of America Last wants to keep Putin happy and make the Germans dependent on his Russian friends for energy while screwing American pipeline workers with executive orders canceling approved projects. But hey keeping potential sources of cash for the Biden crime family happy is our Presidents true priority.

Making Putin and the Russians richer by unilaterally lifting sanctions would have earned scalding reproach from the media and accusations of Russian asset from Democrats along with demands for a new round of investigations. Yet Biden's obvious favoritism towards Russian interests prompts hardly a whimper from an adoring media or docile Congress.
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Oh I agree, Biden with his foreign policy of America Last wants to keep Putin happy and make the Germans dependent on his Russian friends for energy while screwing American pipeline workers with executive orders canceling approved projects. But hey keeping potential sources of cash for the Biden crime family happy is our Presidents true priority.

Making Putin and the Russians richer by unilaterally lifting sanctions would have earned scalding reproach from the media and accusations of Russian asset from Democrats along with demands for a new round of investigations. Yet Biden's obvious favoritism towards Russian interests prompts hardly a whimper from an adoring media or docile Congress.
Why is the MSM not talking about Biden colluding with Russia? I guess since Trump was accused of it, it is now OK to actually do it.
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Why is the MSM not talking about Biden colluding with Russia? I guess since Trump was accused of it, it is now OK to actually do it.
Since Biden has been on the take from foreign governments for years and still won the majority of Democratic votes, apparently it does not bother them that he and his crime family continue to cozy up to our adversaries. After all, it is consistent with their belief that America is the source of evil in the world.
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O. K. It did look fishy to me too, since I know that Biden has a history as a more conservative Democrat. I saw that Shell Oil and other money bags are supporting this pipeline, so that just went along with the donor leaning politics.
But then I found this, printed just days before this decision:



https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/05/06...ate-diplomacy/


"In March, the Biden administration announced it was considering sanctions on companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline—even mulling a special diplomatic envoy to navigate the tangled geopolitics it has generated. Now, the White House is facing mounting pressure from Congress to follow through with a full diplomatic push.

Nord Stream 2—which is slated for completion this year—will double the existing flow of natural gas from northern Russia to Greifswald, Germany. Advocates of the pipeline herald it as a step toward European energy stability while critics pan it as a scheme by politicians in the pocket of energy conglomerates. Others, like U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, condemn Nord Stream 2 as a “Russian geopolitical project intended to divide Europe and weaken European energy security.”

There are many reasons to see Russia and President Vladimir Putin as agents of geopolitical destabilization. But natural gas is not one of them. In fact, sanctioning Germany over Nord Stream 2 would damage transatlantic relations and undermine the very sort of cooperative diplomacy Europe and the United States need to fight climate change. As Germany moves closer toward a carbon-friendly grid, Russian natural gas is—at best—a temporary bridge on the path to full reliance on renewables. That’s especially true considering the European Union is now hoping to abandon natural gas by 2050 in an effort to go carbon neutral. Instead of sanctions on Nord Stream 2, U.S. President Joe Biden should help Europe green its electricity system so it can reach a clean energy future on schedule. For those concerned about geopolitics, such an approach has the added benefit of making Russian natural gas redundant.

Absent from the U.S. discussion on Nord Stream 2 is any effort to understand Germany’s perspective on natural gas. Indeed, Germany’s pipeline politics only makes sense against the backdrop of the country’s energy transformation or “Energiewende.” Since 2000, Germany has been working to place its electricity sector on a solar, wind, and biogas foundation—a process that was hastened by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. The country has made great progress. But the government has financed renewables with heavy surcharges, taxes, and grid fees, giving Germans some of the highest electricity prices in the world.

In addition to being costly, renewable power is also intermittent. Running the grid requires a stable base load of electricity for when the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine. Since German Chancellor Angela Merkel began to phase out atomic power in June 2011, Germany has covered much of its base load with lignite coal, a dirty form of energy that is terrible for the atmosphere. But in 2020, Berlin made the commendable but highly contested decision to phase out coal-powered electricity entirely by 2038. Environmentalists say this is not soon enough. But for a nation with thousands of coal jobs in economically stagnant regions, Merkel’s is an impressive promise—strikingly different from other coal-producing nations like the United States, Poland, and China, which have hardly considered such a far-reaching policy.

Natural gas has become a way to enable Germany’s coal and nuclear phaseout.

With nuclear- and coal-powered generation slated for termination, how can Germany cover its base-load electricity? Batteries are one answer; investment in storage is growing, and the technology is improving dramatically. But covering the electricity needs of a wealthy, industrial nation through wind and solar plus storage will take time, investment, and state action. As a result, natural gas has become a crucial but hidden pillar of the Energiewende—a way to enable Germany’s coal and nuclear phaseout. Since 2000, the country’s power production from natural gas has nearly doubled; as a source of electricity, only renewables have grown faster.

Now, the United States is asking Germany to stop a natural gas project at the very moment it is needed more than ever. Washington is less concerned about the climate implications of Nord Stream 2 than the pipeline’s feared political and economic repercussions. Instead of working with Russia, Washington wants Germany to buy liquified natural gas (LNG) produced from the United States. But according to most estimates, U.S. LNG is more expensive than Russian pipeline gas. LNG also has a notoriously volatile price.

In calling for the end of Nord Stream 2, Blinken is creating headwind for Germany’s climate policy—and asking German consumers to pay even higher prices for their power. Added to Germany’s bill would likely be expensive lawsuits if the remaining 93 miles of the pipeline were never completed, as companies like Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell try to recoup sunk investments worth billions of dollars. The whole ordeal, moreover, is out of sync with Biden’s pledge to work with all countries—including adversaries—to combat climate change".

So in win-win for Biden, he can keep the big boys happy and do climate change policy at the same time.
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